Gretchen Carlson named chair of Miss America board

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America, on Monday was named chairwoman of the Miss America organization’s board of directors. She is the first former Miss America named to lead the pageant organization. Three other past winners will join her on the board. The leadership change came less than two weeks after CEO Sam Haskell and two other top leaders resigned under pressure over leaked emails in which they made insulting comments about the intelligence and sex lives of former Miss Americas. In a statement, Carlson said those who love the program want “a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”

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